Diana, A Celebration chronicles the remarkable
life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales
CINCINNATI — More than 15 years after her death, Princess Diana’s memory still stirs interest and emotion. The award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration, which chronicles the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will open at Cincinnati Museum Center on February 14, 2014.
This will be the final showing for the renowned exhibition, which has been touring the world since 2003, before the items return to her sons in England to be preserved for future generations. Tickets go on sale starting November 1.
The exhibition presents the life and humanitarian work of Princess Diana through nine galleries containing 150 objects – ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. (Download high-resolution images from the exhibit here.) The exhibition is on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral home.
The exhibition showcases the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of her time – certainly one of the most photographed – with over 1 billion television viewers who watched the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.
"We are thrilled to be bringing an exhibit that highlights the life and philanthropic accomplishments of a woman who inspired people around the world with her leadership and dedication to international causes," says Francie Hiltz, Cincinnati Museum Center Board Chair.
A series of 150 stunning objects chronicle Princess Diana’s life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother, sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman. The strength of the Spencer women and their roots in the bucolic 500-year-old Althorp Estate form the backdrop for Diana’s formative years.
Also featured in the exhibition are portraits of Princess Diana’s ancestors, family jewels, heirlooms, paintings, artifacts and photos, which provide the historical context. Home movies filmed by her father and scenes from her childhood, her engagement to Prince Charles and the events leading up to the Royal Wedding are remembered and animated with video clips, personal possessions, photos, displays and letters. The glorious Royal Wedding features her resplendent gown, diamond tiara, veil and 25 ft. train, shoes and parasol, her bridesmaid’s dress among other items.
One entire section is devoted to her energetic and multi-faceted public life and the myriad of charities and causes she championed, including her pioneering efforts in AIDS, the homeless and landmines.
A three-screened video presentation highlights the hundreds of associations that continue to benefit from her patronage and energetic dedication. The world’s grief at her untimely death is dealt with sensitively, in a display of books of condolence and space for reflection and remembrance.
A few of the many dazzling items on display include:
- More than 25 dresses, suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess during her public life, accompanied by photos and designer details from the event at which the outfits were worn
- Diana’s magnificent Royal Wedding gown
- Two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels
- The original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at the funeral in Westminster Abbey
- The score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from Candle in the Wind
- Original heritage family paintings
Hours of Operation*
Monday & Tuesday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
*End times are last entry times. Exhibit is timed entry.
Member Adult: $16
Member Child: $11
Diana, A Celebration is produced by Arts and Exhibitions International, in association with the Althorp Estate.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati History Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes one million plus visitors annually. For more information, visit cincymuseum.org.